Category Archives: Parks & Recreation

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Festival Of Lights – Michigan City

    The Annual Festival of Holiday Lights begins on the first Saturday in December 3rd 2022 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at Millennium Park (Where Santa Will Be) Washington Park, Michigan City, Indiana and the Snowflake parade after the Tree Lighting. Santa will be present to meet and greet children as vehicles safely drive through…

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Winter Lights Festival- Valparaiso Indiana

     Porter County Parks & Recreation opened the Winter Lights Drive Thru on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd. in Valparaiso. The Winter Lights Drive Thru is open from Nov 19th – Jan 2nd, 2023 from 5pm – 10pm, free, donations accepted. (note, there is no festival in 2021)…

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LaPorte Indiana Naturalist Niki Schmutte Wins Top Award

Niki Schmutte, La Porte County Parks, has been awarded the 2022 Cornerstone Award for her long-term contributions to Environmental Education Association of Indiana (EEAI)  Niki’s influence on EEAI over the years has been profound said Mary Cutler who nominated her for the award. She is a Life Member of EEAI and has served on the…

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Celebrate the Indiana Dunes 1 Year Anniversary this Weekend! Nov 4th – 6th

Indiana Dunes is Celebrating the Anniversary of the formation and saving foundation of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park on Saturday, November 5th.  After a long struggle starting in 1917, with sacrifices and co-existing with industry and neighborhoods, the National Lakeshore took a solid step on Nov 5, 1966, with Senator Paul H. Douglas of…

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New Zoo Exhibit Planned for 2023 at Washington Park Zoo

The Washington Park Zoo began in 1925 when a retired animal trainer moved this pet brown bear named “Jake” to the Washington Park lakefront. In 1927 city manager Albert Coden , Wesley Kibby and Max Gloye with a special group created the Zoological Gardens. In 1928 the Zoo Board (Michigan City Zoological Society) was founded…

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Butterfly Meadows Celebrates Story Walk Addition – Valparaiso

Butterfly Meadows had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony dedicating a new Addition titled “StoryWalk” at Butterfly Meadows. Author Kristina Cherep led the very first walk and read aloud her new book, “My Rainbow of Emotions,” which is now on display at the park and open to the public. This project is provided by a partnership among…

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Pumpkin Patches – Great Fall Fun!

    Most Northwest Indiana Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes usually open by mid September, some earlier.  On some farms they take you out on a hay ride into the field, others are elaborate farm stands with mountains of pumpkins and other activities and some are simple roadside stands. Most have loads of pumpkins to choose…

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Specatular Fall Colors Coming To NwIndiana

     The beautiful autumn colors will start illuminating Northwest Indiana very soon. Every autumn, as the days get shorter the leaves produce pigments that give them color. Trees produce spectacular displays of color as the green chlorophyll in their leaves dwindles. The red, purple, orange, yellow and brown shades reflect the great diversity and…

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Buckley Homestead Fall Festival

The Buckley Homestead Fall Festival Celebrates Old Time Traditions – with family fun, great food, wonderful entertainment and traditional arts and crafts was held on October 8th and 9th, 2022 from 10am – 4pm.     Along the trail to the pioneer cabin reenactors portray military, civilians and artisans of various time periods.  Wood crafters, china painter,…

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Fall Activities at Indiana Dunes

From Kayaking to photography to Hiking, Fall Season is a great time to Visit the Indiana Dunes National park!  The Fall Foliage is amazing.    Ranger-led History Hikes offered at National Park  Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Park for a hike exploring the Bailly Homestead and Cemetery along with the Chellberg Farm on…

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